Spike S-512

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Spike Aerospace Inc.
Website spikeaerospace.com
Spike S-512
Spike S-512.jpg
Artist's rendering of Spike S-512 in flight
Role Supersonic business jet
Manufacturer Spike Aerospace
Status Under development
Unit cost
US$60 to 80 million. (target cost)[1]

The Spike S-512 is a projected supersonic business jet, designed by Spike Aerospace, an American aerospace manufacturer firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.[2] If produced, it would allow long flights for business and private travelers, such as from New York City to London, to take only three to four hours instead of six to seven.[3][4] The company planned to promote the project with an exhibit at the 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[5]

The aircraft will not have windows for the passengers, instead it will be lined with tiny cameras sending footage to thin, curved displays lining the interior walls of the fuselage and Spike originally expected to launch the plane by December 2018.[6] Spike Aerospace expects to fly a subsonic scale prototype in summer 2017 to demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristics, followed with a series of larger prototypes and a supersonic demonstrator by the end of 2018 and expects to certify the S-512 by 2023.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Spike[7]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 18 passengers
  • Length: 122 ft (37 m)
  • Wingspan: 58 ft (18 m)
  • Empty weight: 47,250 lb (21,432 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 115,000 lb (52,163 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 56,000 lb
  • Powerplant: 2 × engines , 20,000 lbf (89 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,033 kn (1,189 mph; 1,913 km/h) Mach 1.8
  • Cruise speed: 918 kn (1,056 mph; 1,700 km/h) Mach 1.6
  • Range: 5,580 nmi (6,421 mi; 10,334 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chad Trautvetter (January 24, 2017). "Spike Aero To Fly Subsonic Prototype of SSBJ This Year". Aviation International News. 
  2. ^ "Spike Aerospace". Spike Aerospace. 
  3. ^ "Spike S-512 could be the world's first supersonic business jet". New Atlas. December 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet". Spike Aerospace. 
  5. ^ "New SST Contender Aims For Mach 1.8". AVweb. February 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ GEORGE, ALEXANDER (Feb 18, 2014). "Supersonic Jet Ditches Windows for Massive Live-Streaming Screens". Wired. 
  7. ^ "S-512 Specifications & Performance". Spike Aerospace. 

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